The Gospel According to Matthew

Written by Andy Pisciotti | October 20, 2010 | Matthew 1 - 4

The four canonical gospels describe the life, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The Gospel, known as ‘Good News’, was detailed in each the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Mark, the Gospel of Luke, and the Gospel of John.  Traditionally, Matthew is considered the first written Gospel followed by Mark, then Luke, and finally John.

The Gospel According to Matthew (Matthew) was written by the Apostle Matthew, a former tax collector and a disciple of Jesus Christ.  It is the first book in the New Testament, and was written sometime between A.D. 60 and 65.  Many scholars have suggested that the gospel may have been written significantly later in the first century between A.D. 70 and 100.  Both time periods would have immediately followed the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the start of the Great Commission.

The Apostle Matthew carefully showed how Jesus the Messiah fulfilled the promises of the Old Testament.  He carefully recounts a family history to show Jesus’ royal lineage from Abraham to King David to his father Joseph.  “Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.  Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah.” Matthew 1:16.

After describing the Virgin Birth, Matthew details Jesus’ Messianic baptism, His temptation in the wilderness, and the early days of His ministry.  The Sermon on the Mount can also be found in Matthew.  The Sermon on the Mount contains the Beautitudes and the Lord’s Prayer.  The Apostle Matthew includes major desciptions of the Kingdom of Heaven, how life in the kingdom should be lived, and the inclusion of gentiles in the Kingdom of Heaven. 

The Gospel According to Matthew concludes with the Great Commission.  “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.  And be sure of this:  I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28: 18-20)